Middle school readers are wonderfully unique. They are right between Middle Grade books, which are appropriate for fourth through seventh grade, and Young Adult literature, which spans middle and high school. How does one find appropriate, interesting books for...

Parenting Teens

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Being a parent to teens has always been hard, but in today’s society, you could say it’s just a little bit harder. Our kids are exposed to so much more than we ever were. I’m not even in my...
A few weeks ago, my silly, sweet, and rambunctious five-year-old started kindergarten. She was looking forward to it for a long time. Her new school is in our neighborhood and right next to our favorite park, so she was...
One of the things my husband and I discussed as our son turned 15 this year, was whether to get him started on learning how to drive. We realize that driving is very complex and carries the consequence of...
Hire Me SC — a statewide workforce development campaign to increase employment outcomes for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities — launches a free online resource for families of people with disabilities. The employment gap between those with disabilities in South...
I was walking through Target with my son and we saw the school supplies all being set out. The summer items were already dwindling and being replaced by crayons, markers, and notebooks. It’s July. Summers seem to be shorter and...
After the year 2020 brought us I knew the 2020-2021 school year would be like no other we had faced in the education field. As a teacher-librarian, I am part of the leadership committee at my school, so I...
My almost eight-year-old has transformed from an “I need my mommy for everything” person to an “it’s ok mom, I can do it myself” person, and I’m not sure how I feel about it. Where did my baby go? When I...
It doesn't seem that long ago that I was asking if my son was ready for kindergarten. And yet, somehow, here we are, wrapping up fifth grade. And like so many other parents, I'm in my feelings a bit...
When my boys were toddlers, they'd eat whatever I put in front of them. Fruit, vegetables, meats, pasta ... it didn't matter what it was, they'd eat it. And boy was I glad for that! But somewhere along the way,...
If you have a child in school, you've likely experienced the notorious after-school carpool line. I have a kindergarten student this year so I'm newer to the process, but I quickly learned carpool etiquette: Which direction traffic flows, what speed...
Each spring the South Carolina Association of School Librarians announces lists of the best books for grades K-12. There are four lists total, each consisting of 20 books that are recommended for picture books, children’s books, junior books, and...
Each spring the South Carolina Association of School Librarians announces lists of the best books for grades K-12. There are four lists total, each consisting of 20 books that are recommended for picture books, children’s books, junior books, and...
My daughter has depression and recently tried to kill herself. We hospitalized her for her safety, and I'll write about that later - I know it's an important story to tell, but I'm still pretty raw from it.   I'm writing...
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